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When Atlanta architectural and interior designer Mark Williams headed to see Dolly Parton perform at the Fox Theatre 12 years ago, he had no idea that a chance meeting with Dolly’s creative director, Steve Summers, would change his life.
“It’s really about intentional living, intentional community, less space, more life,” says Will Johnston, 36, founder and executive director of Tiny House Atlanta, an education and advocacy group, and a consultant to the developer Tiny South. “Less footprint, less stuff.”
Atlanta design firm Parker Kennedy Living has a chinoiserie-inspired logo, so it’s not surprising that the cofounders are drawn to homes with whimsical, pagoda-like doorways.
Technically located within the boundaries of historic Garden Hills, Pam and Don’s street fell under architectural restrictions that prevented them from substantially altering their home’s original footprint. But as experienced builders, the two knew how to live large in small places.
This Morningside Tudor was carefully renovated by Norman Askins to include modern luxuries.
Complete with four koi ponds, two teahouses, a sculpture garden, and a meditation room, a North Atlanta house named Yo Shin So (“a sunny place in the woods”) is an authentic slice of the Japanese countryside.